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Alphabet Dictionary (make your own)

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of “Mom, how do you spell (insert any word)?”. I decided to make this alphabet dictionary for B so when he asks we can write it in his dictionary and it will be there to refer to later.

To make this, cut two or three pages at once. For the A, cut all the way up the red line and leave about half an inch for the A tab. For the B, cut up the red line and stop about half an inch below the A to leave a tab for the B. Continue this way with 2 or 3 pages at a time until you get to Z. Each time you will be cutting less.

alphabet dictionary
MY plan was to put 4 or 5 words and their pictures on a page. B had a different plan and it wasn’t the same as mine. He wanted to have one word for each letter and then wanted me to make more notebooks for the other words. We are still trying to find a compromise so we haven’t used it much, but I still wanted to share this idea with you so you could apply it to whatever you are working on (colors, shapes, numbers, words, letters, etc.).
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13 Comments

  • Reply Annette W.

    What if he makes a picture dictionary and then a word dictionary? Great idea!!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Sigalit Chana (Treasured Graciousness)

    I love this idea 😀

    January 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply EBeauty03

    that’s really cute!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply maryanne @ mama smiles

    Fabulous idea!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    This is a great idea.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply sharercoupons

    Awesome idea! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Going to make one for my daughter. She is only 4 but is forever asking me how to spell things so she can write them in her notebook!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Dana

    Love this! Kiddos are working are theirs right now!! Perfect snow day activity. Thank you!!

    January 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Jackie H.

    This could be great for learning beginning sounds too – maybe with pictures or stickers

    January 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Abbie

    This is genius! Such a cute idea and a great way for kids to keep track of words they are learning to spell that mean something to them or they use a lot.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Melea

    I really love this idea too. I can’t wait until my little guy learns to read, write, spell, draw…we’re still muddling through the alphabet!

    January 13, 2011 at 2:41 am
  • Reply Tiggeriffic

    Your brain I think is in overload..Do you have a headache? WOW~! what a great idea.. I found a notebook in my closet here and I went right away getting it ready for Ben to use… WHen I read him a book I designate which word is his word to read and he loves that.. But he is also interested in learning how to write. Lately I have been using a white board to write the word on and he copies over my letters and says the word as he write it.. GranAnnie is busy with teaching another child how to read. If you can’t read it’s hard to do anything else..
    http://www.starfall.com is a wonderful website for children.. Can’t remember who told me this but I use it often with Ben…
    Thanks for all the knowledge you give me in heling Ben.
    ta ta for now..from Iowa…..annieptigger@aol.com

    January 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply April

    Great idea, I would love if you would link this up to my new link up “Writer’s World” since it is such a good writing resource

    http://apgacruz.blogspot.com/2011/01/writers-world-puffy-paint-cards.html

    January 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Merry Makes..

    Easy to make and a fantastic idea!
    As soon as my kids were able to use plastic scissors, I made up scrap-books with the letters in alphabetical order on every double page spread. Then I’d give them old store catalogues and help them to choose a picture of an item and cut it out. Then I would sound out the phonics for their chosen picture while they were deciding which page to stick their cutout item on.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm
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